Holding the correct posture during the usual forward crouching activities that are a hallmark of the average person's day is one of the most difficult things to keep in mind. Mindfulness is the key here. There are exercise upon exercises that can be performed for improving posture, but the one element that is in my opinion most crucial, yet most often neglected, is simply being aware of what your shouders, head, upper back are doing. Being mindful of the present. At any given moment hundreds of core muscle fibers are firing at one time to hold the position of your body.
When you see your favorite food and/or desert, stop and think about what your first mind thoughts are. Are they a feeling of how good the food tastes? Do you think about taking that first bite? Usually, there is a feeling associated with those thoughts. It's a deep feeling we don't really pay attention to individually. Sometimes just the taste of a sweet treat makes us feel soothed.
Have you ever wondered why we have food cravings and why people battle with making good food choices? Well researchers have discovered a critical link between the unhealthy connection between food and addiction- Dopamine. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter associated with reward and pleasure. Cocaine, heroin, and sugar all stimulate the dopamine transmitter that triggers cravings. When we are about to eat 90% of the dopamine neurons in the Ventral Tegemental Area of the brain are stimulated. The VTA transmitters branch out to other p
Being healthy is more than just working out and eating right! It's making intentional choices, on a DAILY basis, to do things that are good for you. Physically, you definitely want to exercise, eat healthy and wholesome foods, drink lots of water, get plenty of sleep. But, remember, you are more than just a body - you are also spirit, which includes your intellect, your emotions, your very soul! So be intentional about taking good care of these, too. Pray, read, foster healthy relationships, smile, be thankful, help others.
On the weekend most people want to just kick back and relax. Instead most are running around doing errands, cleaning the house, food shopping, etc. Your body and mind need downtime other then watching TV or sleeping. So turn off the TV, Computer, Radio and any other electronic device. The more you unplug the more time you will find to let your body and mind reconnect. This connection is very important for downtime. A nice quiet walk is a great way to relax, mediatation works or even just go out and look at the stars like we did as kids.
Today life is crammed with demands on personal time, energy, and space. When you continuously care for others without taking care of yourself, you reach beyond your capacity to function. Like a hard drive with too much information, you essentially crash and burn due to these physical and mental imbalances. At a Pilates class it’s your time to recharge your batteries so you can rediscover your mind-body equilibrium. The Pilates breathing technique will help you to capitalize on your strengths without wearing yourself down.
Its funny how life works sometimes. I often find that when looking for answers to a question or a problem I'm dealing with, life often sends me signs all over the place. That's been true for me this past week.
I love teaching Pilates! And I love doing Pilates! It is one of my favorite forms of exercise, but I feel like many people just don't know what it is. I think the best way to discover Pilates is to work with an instructor and really feel what it does for your body. Since I can't get my hands on each and everyone of you, I thought I would write a blog about Pilates in hopes I would inspire a few more people to try it.